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    Hello all! I have a few different questions so I hope that's okay! So I'm planning on getting a leopard gecko in a month or two right now I'm just planning out and doing all the research I can. I'm going to be getting a 36x18x18 terrarium. I've been on a different gecko forum and just about every single person recommend I use a heating mat, and tile flooring. So I was set on doing that but then I go to a gecko reddit and im being Told everything but the tank is wrong. That I need a lamp and not a heat pad because the heat from a heat pad isn't good enough. And that any sort of hard flooring is neglectful because it dosent allow them to burrow so I'm a bit confused. Can I do the tile and then have a section of the tank the lose substrate? I was told a mix between fiber,washed play sand and soil.

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    Different people have different ways of doing things and more than one thing works. It's difficult when people tell you that you're doing it wrong because you're not doing it their way. The heat from the pad is fine, and most people use the pad. Some people feel their geckos have a better experience when given an opportunity to bask with a lamp and some people's geckos spend all day inside the hide even when they have a lamp. Some of the pads aren't so good. I've heard recently that the Zoomed pads may not be good and some of mine (which have been in use for about 15 years) have been having some problems. I prefer Zoo-med heat cable, which is a rubberized cable that you tape on. That way, if you get a different cage, you can take it off and re-do it on the new cage.
    Some leopard geckos like to burrow and some don't care. I provide a humid hide that's a Gladware container with a hole cut in the top (so they don't toss all the stuff out of the container) and coco fiber inside that I keep moist. Some people do keep their geckos on a loose substrate as you described and it can work well. Others are worried about impaction and prefer to use a solid substrate (I use ceramic tile and am very happy with it). Most people feel that a juvenile gecko shouldn't be on loose substrate.

    I recommend that you google "leopard gecko care" and read care sheets if you haven't already. If you read 4 or 5, you can get a sense of what things most people agree on and what things different people do differently. Go with the things that they agree on. Pick what you want to do based on what they do differently and see how it goes. If you don't like it, change to something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skarlette View Post
    Hello all! I have a few different questions so I hope that's okay! So I'm planning on getting a leopard gecko in a month or two right now I'm just planning out and doing all the research I can. I'm going to be getting a 36x18x18 terrarium. I've been on a different gecko forum and just about every single person recommend I use a heating mat, and tile flooring. So I was set on doing that but then I go to a gecko reddit and im being Told everything but the tank is wrong. That I need a lamp and not a heat pad because the heat from a heat pad isn't good enough. And that any sort of hard flooring is neglectful because it dosent allow them to burrow so I'm a bit confused. Can I do the tile and then have a section of the tank the lose substrate? I was told a mix between fiber,washed play sand and soil.
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited! There are several leopard geckos alive in Europe who are presently 40 years old plus!

    For an 18 inch TALL enclosure a heat mat won't really work. Whatever heat mat you choose will be playing "catch-up" all the time!

    As a beginning leopard gecko keeper it depends upon your comfort level. Going with a heat pad is safe for a leo. Ultratherm heat pads are great (and are reusable in contrast to Zoo Med heat pads). Ultratherms are stuck underneath an enclosure with multiple tape rolls and tape around the edges + across the top. Heat pads don't work for deep loose substrates. For a 36 x 18 x 12 inch enclosure you could use two 11 x 17 inch Ultratherm heat mats side-by-side, a halogen overhead bulb, or a 50 or maybe a 80 watt DHP. Please verify the exact width of your enclosure prior to buying it.

    IF you go with a solid substrate, slate tile is ideal. Slate is a superior substrate because it absorbs heat from overhead lighting or from a deep heat projector. Slate works well with a heat mat IF it's about 3/8 inch thick.

    Click right here for a comprehensive Leopard Gecko Care Sheet: http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...tml#post302242
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-12-2021 at 09:55 PM.
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